Australian Parliament House closed to visitors - the public main entrance will be closed indefinitely from 5pm 25 March 2020. Read more.

Mature Age Allowance from 1994 to 2008, Mature Age Partner Allowance 1994 to 1995

Back to contents 




Mature Age Allowance introduced

Mature Age Allowance (MAA) was introduced. To qualify a person had to be:

  • 60 years of age or over, but under age pension age
  • unemployed and registered with the CES for at least 12 months
  • in receipt of income support for at least the previous 12 months and
  • able to satisfy age pension residency requirements.

A partner of those who qualified for MAA could qualify for a Mature Age Partner Allowance (MAPA). MAA recipients not required to satisfy an activity test or remain registered with the CES. MAA and MAPA paid at Age Pension rates and subject to Age Pension income and assets tests. Pensioner concessions, earnings credits and pensioner tax rebates also available.

MAA and MAPA subject to a sunset clause preventing the lodging of new claims after 30 June 1996.


MAPA closed

No new MAPA grants. Partners of MAA recipients eligible for PA.


Changes to MAA:

  • sunset clause removed
  • requirement for 12 months CES registration removed
  • MAA subject to allowance income and assets tests rather than pension income and assets tests
  • applicants required to have been on JSA/NSA for nine months or on a non-activity tested payment, and have had no recent work experience (not employed for more than 20 hours per week for a total of 13 weeks in the previous 12 months) and
  • current MAA recipients at the time of these changes  continued on earlier conditions.

MAA recipients eligible to receive an advance payment of their allowance, from $250 to $1000, in certain situations. Allowance reduced over subsequent 6 to 12 months to allow repayment of advance payment.


Advance payments restricted to amounts up to $500 and limited to one advance a year.


GST compensation

Allowances rates for all recipients increased by four per cent as part of a package of measures to compensate for the impact of the introduction of the GST. Indexation provisions adjusted so that half of this increase was an advance on whatever rate increase occurred in March 2001, leaving an effective long-term increase of two per cent in the allowance rate.


MAA closed

No new MAA grants. Those unable to apply for MAA eligible to apply for NSA instead. MAA to be phased out by 2008.

For copyright reasons some linked items are only available to members of Parliament.

© Commonwealth of Australia

In essence, you are free to copy and communicate this work in its current form for all non-commercial purposes, as long as you attribute the work to the author and abide by the other licence terms. The work cannot be adapted or modified in any way. Content from this publication should be attributed in the following way: Author(s), Title of publication, Series Name and No, Publisher, Date.

To the extent that copyright subsists in third party quotes it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.

Inquiries regarding the licence and any use of the publication are welcome to

This work has been prepared to support the work of the Australian Parliament using information available at the time of production. The views expressed do not reflect an official position of the Parliamentary Library, nor do they constitute professional legal opinion.

Feedback is welcome and may be provided to: Any concerns or complaints should be directed to the Parliamentary Librarian. Parliamentary Library staff are available to discuss the contents of publications with Senators and Members and their staff. To access this service, clients may contact the author or the Library‘s Central Entry Point for referral.